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  •  I found it an exceptionally enlightening (1+ / 0-)
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    distinction.  Is your favorite City Councilor or state rep a warlord?  No offense, but I think it's a little condescending to say they don't have their own legitimate, traditional forms of democracy.

    •  Oh, they do (1+ / 0-)
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      but I don't believe that those traditional forms would in every case exclude armed violence, dirty business dealings like bribery and pay-to-play, or connections to dirty money and/or drugs.  

      As for the state legislators and county commissioners of my own area ... I'd say the armed violence is relatively rare, but the other two not rare at all.

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 11:57:08 AM PST

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